Black Friday is traditionally the day many retailers rely on to get “into the black” (i.e., profit) for the year. One company that doesn’t have to worry about that is Apple, although they still get into the spirit of things anyway.
With some 40 million-plus Americans expected to hit the roads, skies and rails this Thanksgiving, it won’t be easy to avoid backups of hungry, cranky travelers desperate to get their hands on the last turkey leg. But with an iPhone in your pocket, you can stay one step ahead of your Android-using relatives. (Just make sure you save them a few Gingerbread cookies when they finally show up.)
Happy iOS 4.2 Day! In case you haven’t heard, Apple has generously made one of the formerly subscription-only MobileMe services, Find My iPhone, now free for all owners of current-generation iOS devices. Here’s how to get it up and running -- even on an older device.
Netflix has let the lid off of a bit of good news and a minor amount of bad news this morning. The good news is that the media giant has finally made an unlimited streaming-only subscription option available to the media hungry masses for $7.99 a month. And now the bad news: for those of you who want their unlimited streaming cake but also wish to feed their DVD players too, the monthly cost of a combined streaming and rent-by-mail subscription is going up.
Finally, the iPad and iPhone are on a level iOS field. Multitasking, folders, printing, all the big ticket items are there. We jumped right in to the latest iOS update and have emerged with a list of tips, tricks and features that'll help you get the most out of your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Meditation and physical exercise are key to keeping a sound mind and a healthy body. So when I purchased my iPad and my iPod touch, I filled them with apps that could help me ease into a meditative Savasana (a relaxation posture) and maybe replace a lesson or two each week. Now, instead of plopping down after work and zoning out with my Netflix instant stream, I’m bettering my body and mind with the help of a few apps.
With Pocket Yoga HD ($3.99), I can get my arms and legs all stretched out with a half hour of Vinyasa Flow (an aerobic form of yoga), and it’s a great substitute if I miss a night or two of yoga class. All I have to do is set the iPad in front of my yoga mat and listen as the app belts out pose instructions. If the verbal instructions aren’t quite good enough, I can watch a virtual yoga teacher show me the pose. The app also lets me choose between 45 minutes or an hour of yoga and three different practices, which I pick depending on how I’m feeling. I turned off the app’s music and added my own soundtrack: “Eye of the Tiger” for the hard parts and “Purple Rain” for the cool-down.
There are few feelings that quite compete with wandering a store when you're in a hurry or you need to leave and you can't find what you came for. Sure, you can ask the staff, but what if you can't even find them? Then when you do find someone, they send you on a wild goose chase or don't know where it is themselves. Well, for a problem like this, there's a saying Cupertino just trademarked.
Those rumors about free MobileMe for everyone? Not so much, but Apple did gift iOS device users with at least one component on Monday, as the Find My iPhone feature is now free for everyone with iOS 4.2.